Muscat: The Indian School Muscat (ISM) is to hold a three-day exhibition of Indian and Omani stamps entitled "Philatelic Journey through India and Oman" from Monday from 9am to 1pm.
The exhibition, the first of its kind in Oman, will be held at the school and feature philatelic stamps issued by India and Oman.
The stamps depict bridges, waterfalls, cities, lakes, forts, monuments, fairs, festivals, birds, tribal dances, dresses, jewellery, handicrafts, postal history, children's day, orchids, shells, sea animals, yoga, raga, wild animals, flora and fauna, colleges and universities.
The collection of stamps, according to a statement released by the school, also includes designs about freedom, independence, Mahatma Gandhi, satyagraha, Jawaharlal Nehru, freedom fighters, scientists, films, sports, Olympics, army, coast guard, personalities, kings and queens.
The exhibits, to be opened by the Indian Ambassador to Oman, Anil Wadhwa, will showcase 250 years of the Al Busaidy Dynasty, millennium, boats, Haj, and Omani paintings. The exhibition will also portray stamps from countries such as Cyprus, Iran, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea and Palestine.
Some themed sections within the exhibit are to be accompanied by a map of India highlighting the place or state to which the exhibit relates.
For example, "Brides of India" will highlight four states — Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Kashmir and Rajasthan. The national parks section will highlight five parks around India, and the waterfalls-themed section will spotlight locations in Karnataka, UP, Kerala and MP.
The exhibition will include stamps, miniature sheets and first-day covers.
Some rare stamps of historic value - such as those from British Malaya - will also be on display.
Students from Indian schools in Oman, as well those from Omani and international schools, are invited to visit the exhibition. Students who have their own philatelic collections are also invited to display their collection of stamps at this exhibition at special counters allotted to these enthusiastic young philatelists.